I'm so excited to be hosting a stop today on the blog tour for Siren's Fury, the sequel to Mary Weber's excellent Storm Siren! I've got a lot to share with y'all today, too. First up is my review, then I'll also have some of my favorite quotes from the book plus a playlist inspired by my reading experience! Then, of course, stick around for the end of the post to enter the tour-wide giveaway! Happy reading, y'all!
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"I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it's no use. The curse I've spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists."Excitement! A second book in a trilogy that truly never feels like a filler middle book! It's hard to accomplish, because we so want the denouement, but there's another book coming. But with Siren's Fury, there's no space between the ending of the first book and the first pages of this sequel. We pick up exactly where we left off and get to sprinting immediately. It's a feeling that never lets up.
Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.
When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.
They may require who she is.
Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.
Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along?
In Storm Siren, Nym learned so much about her abilities and how to control them, but in Siren's Fury, she's faced with losing her powers. The moment she's finally coming to terms with them, and they're gone. She's always had some darkness, but I felt a lot more of that this time around. Nym is fighting tooth and nail to save Eogan and everyone she's come to care about along the way, but she's beginning to sacrifice too much of herself to do so. She's confronted with the idea that she might have to become what she's fighting in order to beat it, and seeing just how intoxicating unconditional power truly is. It's rather a different Nym, but still one who's wholly compelling and easy to root for, even when she's losing herself to the struggle.
What I especially loved is how much more complex the villainy is becoming. I can't spoil it, but it didn't feel like Draewulf had enough behind his actions in the first book. That's not the case here, and as Nym figures this out, her loving nature really comes out. There's this idea that even the worst of us are never truly lost, that a little bit of acceptance with go a long way, and I loved that it added nuance to Draewulf's character.
Siren's Fury was the strongest followup to Storm Siren I could have imagined. Heart-pounding action, high stakes, and evocative writing make for a fantastic sequel and only create for excitement for the final entry in the series.
Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Her debut YA fantasy novel, STORM SIREN, is available now in bookstores and online, and SIREN'S FURY (book 2 in the trilogy) will be out June, 2015 from TN HarperCollins.
My body sizzles with the static sweeping through my blood as the siren inside that pushed back the airships, the siren that saved Faelen, flares through my Elemental veins.
After I've used the bowl and finished washing my hands, I lean against the water basin and breath in, and, after a minute, look up to find a tiny mirrored reflection of a girl with sunken eyes and a face so gray I barely recognize it.
Nice. Even my appearance looks lost.
I turn to go, but apruptly that thought hits and nearly splays me out against the wall.
I am lost.
I can't remember anything about me. I can't remember what I'm supposed to be aside from what Draewulf has taken.
I grip the bowl. Shaking. Horrified as the entirety of that realization sets in. I don't know who I am.
A simultaneous ache and warmth hits my chest, and I swear my heart nearly splits open over this boy whose expression is still puckered in arrogant demand.
"Yes," I mutter. "And yes, I could've."
"A lot more? Then why didn't you?" His tone is insistent. Desperate.
"Just because you have power, doesn't mean you have the right to harm others with it. I did what I had to for defense, not damage."
He smoothes his shirt just as an enormous horn sounds out above us, causing me to cover my ears and him to jump. He spins around and I follow suit to see land in the distance, just where the sun is peeking out along the purple-ribboned edge of storm clouds and horizon. Below it sits a city gleaming with red, orange, and pink reflections from the sun.
"Welcome to the beginning of your end," Draewulf snarls behind me.
"Just because this world is on the verge of fear and death doesn't mean those have to overrun who you are in the midst of it, Myles."